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Stork 1 Ari Stork ED 100/101 Personal Philosophy of Education Paper

My Own Philosophy It matters what you say, do, think, feel, create, and imagine. How you love, give, receive, serve, play, and communicate. And that you care, live, rest, laugh, risk, and

appreciate. I first saw this quote beautifully decorated on my master teacher, Mrs. Edwards, classroom wall visible for everyone to see. I love how this quote has been constructed, it embodies all of the core principles I would want to remind my students, as well as, myself, to reflect on and keep in mind each day. I have been adding and rearranging my personal teaching philosophy that I hope to live by since the start of this course, and I think Im have finally ready to put my words concerning my beliefs about teaching and learning down on to a final copy to create my own philosophy. The five areas in education that define who I am as an educator and that I value are; classroom climate, student motivation, high expectations, honesty, and discipline. The first area I would like to discuss is classroom climate. I want to create a place where as soon as a student steps foot in my classroom he or she has a desire to learn and explore. Throughout my K- 12 education, unfortunately, I have been plopped into some classes that when I was small I defined as simply scary. I remember those white-walled box-like classrooms,

with a plain teacher to match. The teacher would stand up front rambling on about a subject without a care in the world if we comprehended the lesson or material. Everyone was always so

afraid to raise their hand to ask for help, because of how the climate of the classroom was presented and how the teacher carried herself. So, at the end of the day when my Mama would pick me up from school and ask me the dreaded question, What did you learn today? I never knew how to answer it. Instead, I want to be the teacher who creates and inviting and exciting learning atmosphere. I want to push my student to keep asking questions and write them down as we go, because it is my important job as their educator to lead them down the path of enlightenment and make sure they understand all the information so that they intern can be successful. I also hope that when their parents come to pick them up after the 3 oclock bell rings, that they will jump in the car and beat their parents to the question and tell them everything exciting we did in class. Im going to strive to create an environment of safety and trust where students are free from fear and ridicule, where a spirit of cooperation and friendly competition prevails, and where students are working hard and feeling the satisfaction of learning, as our Those Who Can, Teach textbook states (245). I still want to have a structured class and enforcement rules, but still give my students freedom to experience and learn different things. I will have a hands-on class, where participation from each student is required. I will set my desks ups in twos, so work can be done in partners to teach the students valuable lessons in team work. This will help students meet social, as well as academic needs. I will have a closeknit climate, where Im able to really get to know my student and their parents. My dream grade to teach is 3rd or 4th grade; I have observed Mrs. Edwards class and think that for the purpose of either of those grades the climate I described best fosters those purposes. Besides seeing a positive classroom climate from my fieldwork, I remember visiting centers that Mrs. Hughes set up around the room one day. One of the centers my group and I were sent to was focused on the Learning Environment. The article at the center told us that as teachers we are selling

education to the students. One thing from the article that jumped out to me was, If you have a boring classroom and cold and sterile environment, children may leave before you even begin the lesson. Some ideas the article had for us to make sure this doesnt happen is to put up

interesting bulletin boards, pictures, creative walls, and decorate as much as you can. Another great idea was to ask kids to craft subject related artwork and also hang around the room. Overall, I want to transform my class into another world where learning is fun and filled with high energy, so I never have any student falling asleep. I want to always have their eyes and attention, teach leadership skills, group dynamics, and ethics. Most important though, I want to encourage my students to explore the world beyond the classroom. Next area I want to focus on is Student Motivation. During the semester, we have received many handouts on motivation, which aided me in my research. One of the handout titled, ABCs of self esteem, says a few ways to boost the esteem of children in your class you should, believe in your students and communicate this to them cherish and challenge your students encourage, energize, empower, and equip your students and Nurture your students, to name a few of my favorites from the list. Our text, Those Who Can, Teach, states that when students have self esteem and experience motivation, they feel a sense of importance. It is also very important that your students feel part of the community and that they fit in. Many students today struggle with this issue and lack self esteem. Being a teacher, in the classroom we are faced with our students struggles and must learn how to speak with emotion and comforting words to foster the feeling of acceptance. From the packet, Fifty Ways to Enhance Young Peoples Self Esteem, it states that, each person has talents and abilities. These talents and abilities are no better, no worse, no greater and no smaller- they are merely different from the talents and abilities of everyone else. Acceptance means accepting the child/student as a person.

When people feel accepted they do not have to try being anything different from what they are to please others.(49). As a teacher, I promise I will search out all of my students talents and abilities, and recognize their uniqueness. I will encourage them to develop their special traits, show them that they can express their ideas openly, be creative in a variety of ways, and be the best they can be. I will mostly commend them on work that is well done, to help them grow into fearless and strong students who believe in themselves because they know for sure that I believe in them. Our text book, Those Who Teach, Can, explains that students must have the sense that someone they respect listens to them in order for them to feel a sense of importance and be motivated to go on and accomplish more. Students all have such wonderful hearts and deep down want to learn, they sometimes just need a little push. Motivation and self esteem tie together with my next area of discussion, high standards. There has always been a belief in the classroom that majority of students can reach high standards and are to show mastery of content that is measured through testing and performance. In my classroom, I have preset high standards for each of my students. During our time together they will be challenged, know their subject matter and make connections with it, and be successful. I really enjoy the motto our textbook gives us regarding this subject, Your best today. Better tomorrow (394, Those Who Teach, Can). I would love to hang this saying at the front of my classroom, right over the whiteboard. This motto will reach out to each student and I will engage them all regardless of their different abilities, interest levels, and learning styles, to be the best they can be. To explain what I mean when I say that motivation and self esteem tie in together is that when you push and motivate your students to do their work and to be excited about their work, they then desire to reach the high standards set in the classroom. Once they reach those high standards and do well, this builds up their self esteem and they begin to believe

more and more in themselves. The textbook suggests this method of teaching also and that in a high standard environment, self esteem is seen as the direct by product of student achievement (394). I will always expect the best from my students, and show them in my attitude that I have confidence in their ability, intern this will develop lifelong learners. great things from each and every student. My last area I would like to reflect on is discipline. I would have to admit, being an authority figure has never been my strong point, but something I think is very important in the classroom. The students must know who is in charge and to respect me and others around them so we can get down to business and learn so many wonderful things. So the very first day of class, I will lay out my rules. I will print out a sheet for them to sign that they understand my expectations and also send one home for parents. Next, since we will be on the topic of disciple, I will bring out a giant piece of paper and ask the students to brainstorm their own rules to add to the paper. The rules could range from raising your hand before speaking, to not throwing things around the room, to thinking about your actions before acting on them. Having the students construct these rules is a positive activity and wise because if any of them disobey the rules they created there is no way of getting out of that trouble. A handout we received was labeled, Eleven Practical Secrets of Discipline, said to let kids experience the consequences of their actions. When children experience consequences, they learn lessons about life and controlling behavior. Our textbook says that discipline is one of the problem areas between teachers and students and the first-year teachers insecurities and search for approval, makes it difficult fir many new teachers to deal confidently with their roles as disciplinarians. This being said I know how to be firm, and I will tell my class that it is not my favorite part of the job, but if necessary I will use my teacher voice and be strict when it comes to disciplinary issues. A quote from our Teachers should expect

textbook, Those Who Can, Teach, by Eloise Salholz says, Living up to basic ethical standards in the classroom discipline, tolerance, and honesty is one of the important ways children learn how to function in society at large. I know that when it comes down to it, I can maintain order with dignity and humor. I know my philosophy might change after I have some more experience, but Im pretty satisfied with how it has turned out so far. I want to be a hero to my students, and have them feel free to approach me with any question or concern. I want to inspire hopes, nurture their dreams, and encourage success. I want to be that teacher that 20 or 30 years from when I have the student in my class will say to themselves, Miss. Stork really left a lasting impression with me. My teaching philosophy isnt something that will get shoved into a desk and begin to collect dust after the interview with the principle of the school I hope to teach at, but instead my philosophy is something I will display in my methods of teaching every day. A quote from my favorite little book, Teachers are Special says, A teacher takes a seed of promise, tends it with encouragement and watches as it growsknowing that one day it will be the fruit that feeds the world.